Microsoft Corporation Researcher in Bellevue, Washington

Microsoft’s Speech & Dialogue Research Group (SDRG) is looking for an extremely talented researcher to work on cutting edge research in one of the following areas: Speech Recognition, Speech Enhancement, Speaker Recognition/Verification/Diarization, Audio Visual Fusion, Dialogue, and related Natural Language Processing and Applied Machine/Deep Learning in all aspects of spoken language processing. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated track record of broadly recognized research results at leading conferences and publications. In the case of industry candidates, you will also have demonstrated the ability to take research results and transfer them into commercial products .


The mission of our group is to make fundamental contributions to advancing the state-of-the-art in speech and language technology both within Microsoft and in the external research community. We conduct research by using public benchmarks, which allowed us to achieve a milestone in reaching human parity on the Switchboard conversational speech recognition task, as well as internal data for forward-looking topics such as audio-visual far-field meeting transcription. As the speech and language technology is increasingly becoming an essential element of our daily lives both at work and at home, our research has contributed, and will contribute, to various Microsoft products, such as Windows, Office, Cortana, Xbox, Skype Translator, as well as third party applications through public services.

We are an extremely agile team and we move very fast from ideas to experimentation, and to development. If you are passionate about exploring new ideas and product impact at the same time, this job is for you.


  • 6+ years of research experience in Speech, Dialogue, or related Natural Language Processing field

  • Passion for discovering the next generation of groundbreaking technologies in Speech and Dialogue

  • Ability to work effectively in a distributed environment

  • Hands-on experience in Machine/Deep Learning using frameworks such as PyTorch, TensorFlow, and Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit

  • Track record of publications in speech-related conferences (e.g., ICASSP, Interspeech, ASR, SLT) or Natural Language Processing-related conferences (e.g., ACL, EMNLP, NAACL, ICLR, NIPS)

  • PhD in computer science or related field

  • Proven track record of technology transfer is a big plus

Ability to meet Microsoft, customer and/or government security screening requirements are required for this role. These requirements include, but are not limited to the following specialized security screenings: Microsoft Cloud Background Check: This position will be required to pass the Microsoft Cloud background check upon hire/transfer and every two years thereafter.

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form at .

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